LACBC Weekly Newsletter

October 4, 2018

Off The Chain with Janet – We Just Keep on Moving!

Hello from LACBC HQ! As I continue my work as the Interim Director of LACBC, it has become clear how important LACBC’s voice is in the urban transportation planning arena in Los Angeles. We are part of many significant collaborations and coalitions with Metro, LADOT, Vision Zero, and with a number of community-based organizations that influence the way in which the leaders in our community think about and implement urban transportation policies and actions. The staff and Board continue to work as a team to advance our mission for safe streets, equity-focused mobility projects, bicycle education programs, and fun events that keep us connected to our streets and the people who move around on them.

There’s a lot to share with you about the programs and projects we’ve been working on over the past few months! Last month we were all over LA County: our Sunday Funday ride took us to Long Beach, and our Metro BEST ride stayed coastal with our Forgotten History of Venice ride. We continue to roll with our free family-friendly events with this weekend’s Sunday Funday: A Haunted Pedal ride, followed by our social “Donut Ride on Reseda” on Monday, October 22.

LACBC’s Educational programming is in full swing with Metro BEST classes scheduled in Culver City, Long Beach, Wilmington, Santa Monica, and Agoura Hills, with more to come in Northridge, South LA, and Lakewood. You can always reach out to Colin Bogart, our Education Director, to discuss any particular safety and education programs you think are needed in your area. Our partnership with Metro has helped a great many adults to improve their skills and teach them about safety.

The Board of Directors has been very busy this past couple of months, taking time for a couple of weekend day-long retreats in addition to weekly board meetings, to review ways in which they can increase their governance and oversight of all things LACBC, including finance, fundraising, policies and vision to help further the mission of our organization. Our Board is fully committed to fundraising in order to sustain and grow LACBC, so that we can continue to have a meaningful role in county-wide transportation planning.

The staff has been busy with their daily work of implementing our advocacy campaigns, planning and facilitating our many bike rides and classes, and participating in a number of community activities such as CicLAvia and Frogtown Art Walk. We are also doing a great deal of preparation for the strategic planning process by reviewing all of our programs, campaigns, and  collaborations in order to most effectively utilize our time and resources. The process has been exciting and enlightening.

Our job posting for the Executive Director position is still up and live here! The Board has hired an Executive Search firm, Envision, to manage the process, and all applications will be reviewed by their staff. If you or anybody you know would like to apply, please use this link.

Finally, I invite you to come celebrate LABC’s 20th anniversary on Thursday, December 6 at our Open House! You will be able to share memories from the past 20 years, and hear about our plans for the next 20+. It will be a memorable evening filled with some fun surprises!

Sunday Funday: A Haunted Pedal

LACBC is rolling into fall with a Haunted Pedal for October’s Sunday Funday in collaboration with The Crafty Pedal. Meet us this Sunday, October 7 at The Crafty Pedal (755B Valencia St.), where we’ll fuel up with coffee provided the by this unique combination bike shop & craft boutique. Arrive early to browse through the shop and art gallery!

From there, our first stop on this haunted ride is the “Murder House” from season one of FX’s American Horror Story. Next, we’ll take a short ride over to Rosedale Cemetery. Built in 1884, Rosedale is the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all races and creeds, and is the resting places of many founding Angelenos. Then, we’ll pedal toward the haunted and infamous Cecil Hotel in Downtown LA, past the home of the Night Stalker, and the sites of other mysterious happenings. Finally, we’ll ride to Pershing Square, where we’ll share stories of the historical haunts of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

This ride is a no-drop ride with LACBC Ride Marshals. Riders should be able to keep a 10-12 MPH pace and cover 12 miles. All riders under 18 must wear a helmet. The ride starts and ends at the Crafty Pedal. RSVP here!

LACBC Kit Sales Open for a Limited Time + Kids Sizes!

It’s been a year since our LACBC kits have been available and many have been asking when they’ll be back on sale. When, you ask? The time is now!

For a limited period, we’ll be selling our complete line of jerseys, shorts, jackets, vests, and both arm warmers and coolers, conceived by local designers superdomestik, and produced here in California by Voler. Order now and get them in time for holiday gifts!

New for 2018, we are adding youth jerseys and shorts for only $49.99! On this ordering period, we are also bringing back some of our latest items, including trail jerseys and  a thermal jacket for those wanting more winter protection.

Our sale runs through Monday, October 15th, so don’t miss this opportunity to get yours or purchase a gift for the holidays. Show your pride for cycling in Los Angeles and #RepLA. Get yours now here.

News from Around the County:

Los Angeles: Did you know only 16% of all trips outside of the house are work-related? How can our transportation system provide access & mobility for everyone? If we only invest in peak-hour travel, who gets left out? Join Investing in Place on Thursday, October 16 for their forum For Good Measure at the California Endowment to discuss how we make all trips visible. Check out confirmed expert speakers and RSVP today!

NACTO: Today, the National Association of CIty Planning Officials concluded their annual convention with 1,100 attendees gathering here in Los Angeles. The conference featured speakers from top officials from the City of LA, including the Mayor and LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds, as well as internationally known advocate Janette Sadik-Khan. Our own Policy Director Lyndsey Nolan was a featured panelist on “Meaningfully Defining, Measuring, and Addressing Equity” in transportation. Next year’s conference is scheduled to take place in Toronto.

Upcoming Metro BEST Classes

With funding and support from Metro, LACBC is offering free bicycle education classes for adults who are new to riding, or have recently gotten back into the saddle and want to refresh their skills. There are three class levels to choose from, ranging from the most basic riding skills, to rules of the road, to street skills. All three classes include on-bike instruction.

Update: We rescheduled our Bike 1 class in Wilmington to October 14 and there’s still room in our Bike 2 class in North Long Beach on October 13. The deadline to register is this Sunday night. Register today (and tell your friends):

Bicycling 101: Saturday, October 6 in Agoura Hills
Bike 1 – Back to Basics: Sunday, October 14 in Wilmington
Bike 2 – Rules of the Road: Saturday, October 13 in North Long Beach

Pre-registration is required for all classes, and first time attendees get a free helmet and bicycle lights. Check out our website for a full list of our upcoming Metro BEST classes, and be sure to check back regularly for updates!

What’s Ringing Our Bells: I Have the Need…The Need for Bike Speed!

Bikes are one of the most efficient machines on earth, able to propel users at substantial speeds using exponentially less energy than their automotive counterparts. That makes it easy to go really fast…but how comfortable would you feel if you could bike faster than most sports cars?

Last month, Denise Mueller-Korenek attempted to beat the cycling land speed record of 167 mph set twenty three years ago. As a former national track, road, and mountain bike champion, she definitely had the pedigree, but reaching triple digits takes a little more help than usual. Before her legs took over, Mueller-Korenek was towed by a dragster to 50 mph, and then released where her high gears, modified bike, and drafting techniques allowed her to accelerate to new record speeds.

Using a two way radio with the driver, she was able to stay within the car’s slipstream as the tandem continued to spead up. With a great deal of press on hand, she did not disappoint, and shattered the record by hitting 183.9 mph! That’s quite a bit faster than any e-bike you’ll find out there!


Downey Family Fun Ride
When: Saturday, October 6, 7:45 AM – 9:30 AM
Where: Furman Park, 10419 Rives Ave, Downey 90241
Whether you are new to bike riding, haven’t been riding for quite a while, or would like to get to know Downey a little better, this group is for you. This is a fun and casual ride for both kids and adults. There is no cost to participate- bring your bike and enthusiasm to make some new friends. Meet at 7:45 AM in the parking lot, near the playground equipment, and roll at 8:00 AM. All riders under 18 must wear a helmet. RSVP here.

Ride Around Pomona
Saturday, October 6, 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Where: Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street, Pomona 91766
Ride Around Pomona is a family-friendly bicycle ride through the streets of Pomona with LACBC local chapter Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition. The ride is a casual pace, the terrain flat, cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to join. RSVP here.

Finish the Ride Santa Clarita
When: Sunday, October 7, 7 AM – 2 PM
Where: Heritage Park, 24155 Newhall Ranch Road, Santa Clarita 91355
Finish The Ride started after bicyclist Damian Kevitt was dragged nearly a quarter mile under a car. Now the event is about finishing for the nearly 7,500 other people in LA who have been severely injured in traffic collisions and hit and run crimes. There are rides of distances of 12, 25 & 62 miles and walk & roll courses as well. RSVP here.

COAST Open Streets Event
When: Sunday, October 7, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Ocean Ave & Main St, Santa Monica
Metro presents COAST, Santa Monica’s third annual open streets event! This year Santa Monica will celebrate the city’s commitment to art, sustainability, and mobility. At this free event, the public will experience two miles of streets closed to car traffic and filled with interactive art exhibits, live performances, local food and business purveyors, and connections with families, friends, and neighbors. RSVP here.

Happy Hour: LA Cyclists Welcome CA Dream Riders
 Tuesday, October 9, 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Killer Shrimp, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 90292
All cyclists are invited to a HAPPY HOUR to welcome the 2018 California Dream Riders to L.A. as they proceed on their 5-day, 290-mile journey from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Complimentary Hors ‘d oeuvres. No Host Bar. Free with RSVP.

He made me do it.